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Class A
Nationality UK
Year Built 1985
Rig Barque 3


  • Class: A
  • Nationality: UK
  • Year built: 1985
  • Home port: Southampton, England
  • Rig: Barque 3
  • Height: 33.60 m
  • Length of hull: 40.80 m
  • Entered by: Jubilee Sailing Trust


  • Areas of operation: Northern Europe, Black Sea, Mediterranean, Atlantic/Caribbean, North America East Coast, North America West Coast, Canada, Pacific, Australasia, Indian Ocean, Antarctica
  • Number of trainees: 42
  • Number of permanent crew: 8
  • Berth types: Bunks, Cabins
  • Showers: Yes
  • Operational language(s) on board: English
  • Special diets catered for: Yes
  • Special needs catered for: Yes
  • Blue Flag Member: Yes


Owned by the Jubilee Sailing Trust, LORD NELSON, named after the famous British Admiral is the first of their two vessels, both of which are the only tall ships in the world that have been purpose designed and built to enable able-bodied and physically disabled people to sail side by side and share the adventure and experience of tall ship sailing as equals.

The Trust commissioned Colin Mudie to design their first sailing ship in which physically disabled people comprised half the crew. Requirements included wheelchair access throughout the ship, light hauling loads on the ropes and better than usual protection against the cold and wet.

The three masted square-rigged, LORD NELSON was the result. Her many special facilities enable disabled crewmembers to take an active part in the running of the ship. These facilities include wide decks for wheelchair users, a speaking compass to enable blind people to helm the ship, power assisted hydraulic steering for those with limited strength and much more. Overall, LORD NELSON has been designed to the needs of most disabilities and is capable of sailing in any sea around the world.

The Jubilee Sailing Trust has been in operation for over three decades and in that time has taken over 30,000 people to sea including 12,000 people with physical disabilities and 5,000 wheelchair users.

Lord Nelson along with the JST’s other ship TENACIOUS are regular participants in the Tall Ships’ Races.